- May 5th: Death of Walter Gotell, actor
- May 11th: The computer IBM “Deep Blue” beats Kasparov world champion of failures.
- May 17th: Victoire of Laurent-Desired Kabila at the end of several weeks of combat to the Zaire, which (Re) becomes the Democratic republic of Congo.
- May 20th: Death of Virgilio Barco Vargas, president of the Republic of Colombia of 1986 with 1990. (° September 17th 1921).
- May 23rd: Victoire of moderate with the elections in Iran: Mahammad Khatémi .
- May 25th:
- Referendum for the “Padanie” organized in Italy by the League of North of Umberto Bossi.
- Coup d'etat in Sierra Leone, during the civil war, which obliges with the exile the president elected Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.
- May 27th: Signature of a charter enters NATO and the Russia.
- May 29th: Death of Jeff Buckley, singer
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